Monday, March 15, 2004

Rummy the Ghoul's flak: "It's OK to break the law and loot 9/11 relics—they're mementos!" 

"Tell that to the Feds, Rummy!" The SCLM keeps getting this story wrong. The story is this: People were prosecuted for looting parts from the Columbia shuttle disaster (back here). The same statute should be applied to Rumsfeld for looting the 9/11 site. But it isn't being applied. Why is that OK?

Law enforcement agencies should investigate Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and FBI agents for possessing mementos from the World Trade Center and other sites of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a group of attorneys said Monday.

The National Whistleblower Center made the request because an inquiry found Rumsfeld has a piece of the airplane that flew into the Pentagon inside his office. The Justice Department's inspector general also discovered that 13 FBI agents had taken rubble, debris and items such as flags and a Tiffany crystal globe paperweight from the trade center.

Defense Department spokesman Eric Ruff rejected any suggestion of impropriety. "It's not a souvenir; it is a memento on display in Secretary Rumsfeld's office," said Ruff.
(via AP)

So what's the deal here? Is there one law for Rumsfeld, and another law for the ordinary citizen? They think they own 9/11, when it belongs to everyone!

NOTE The other piece of this story that, somehow, keeps not being covered, is that high FBI officials also looted the 9/11 site. They said they wanted the airplane parts to give to "dignitaries." OK, who were the dignitaries? Pioneers and Rangers, say? Big contributors to Bush?

UPDATE See up here for the latest.

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